Calendula - The Golden Flower of Healing
The name Calendula (Calendula officinalis) derives from the Latin word “kalendae”, meaning small clock or small calendar. The English name calendula means "Marigold", namely gold of Mary because it's flowers used to be placed in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary.
It is also said that Calendula took its name from the Romans when it was noticed that calendula blooms on the first days of each month.
The common names of Calendula are Marigold, Pot Marigold, Golds, English Garden Marigold, and Mary Gowles, and the family name of the plant is Asteraceae.
In India, Calendula was considered to be one of the most sacred plants. People made garlands of Calendula flowers and put them around the neck of holy statues. All of the gardens in medieval monasteries had several Calendula plants growing.
The height of Calendula reaches as high as 60 cm, has open and green leaves, as well as beautiful fluffy flowers in shades of yellow and orange. The flowering period of Calendula is between November until April. Calendula is a very easy herb to cultivate without many gardening requirements.
Calendula grows in sunny places, gardens, in fields, wastelands, and around rubbish dumps. The Calendula plant needs only moderate watering and loves moisture, but, the contained water should always be drained very well.
Medicinal Use of Calendula
- In ancient times, they would pour flowers of calendula in wine and drink it to treat indigestion.
- Calendula has been used for centuries as one of the best herbs for treating local skin problems. Calendula is ideal for any skin inflammation, from infections to physical damages, and acts to combat new or old acne and acne scars.
- Many doctors believe that Calendula is an important drug when treating inoperable cancer because it purifies the blood and quickens the healing of wounds.
- During the US civil war, Calendula was applied directly onto wounds in order to heal them. In Paris, in the year 1849, Calendula was used by doctors on victims who had fragments of bullets left in their bones.
- Calendula is an excellent blood cleanser, it stimulates circulation and helps to treat cases of infectious hepatitis.
- Calendula ointment brings relief for those affected by varicose veins, phlebitis, arthritis, frostbite, burns, blisters, varicose ulcers, cysts, breast ulcers, and fistulas.
- Calendula ointment is excellent for treating wounds from an operation, operation scars, Athlete’s foot, as well as fungus infestation.
- The tincture from Calendula can be used as a compress for bruising, wounds, sprains, contusions, ulcers, swelling, bedsores, and even cancer-like sores.
- Calendula fresh juice helps to treat skin cancer, strawberry marks, pigment spots, brown spots, and cancer-like skin patches.
- It's fresh juice is helpful in combating warts, scabies, herpes, and glandular swellings.
- Semi-baths including Calendula are excellent for treating vaginal fungal infections.
- Calendula tea is great for treating gastro-intestinal disorders, large intestine inflammation, stomach cramps, stomach ulcers, urine bloodiness, and dropsy.
- Calendula tea can also help to treat paratyphoid fever, liver disorders, worms, cracked feet, ulcerated legs, thigh ulcers, and diarrhea.
Tips On How To Treat Dry Skin Using Calendula
Make your own cream for chapped and very dry skin:
- 50 g. pure aloe cream
- 15 drops calendula oil
- 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together in the order listed above in order to create a homogenous mixture.
Apply this mixture onto the affected skin area twice a day if the skin is not exposed to the sun, otherwise, apply every evening.
Side Effects and Recommendations
Calendula tea or it's fresh juice should be avoided by people who have allergies to this plant, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
Preparation Methods for Calendula
Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with one teaspoon calendula. Allow this mixture to sit for 3-4 minutes, strain, and then consume very slowly, up to 3 cups per day.
Tincture: Place 1 handful of Calendula flowers in a bottle along with 1 liter of alcohol. Seal the bottle well and then leave the mixture to sit in the sun or a warm place (20°C /68°F) for 15 days or longer.
Ointment: Heat 2 handfuls of Calendula flowers, their stems, and their leaves along with 500 g. of animal fat or beeswax in a pot. After a while, remove the pot from it's heat source and then leave it covered overnight to cool.
The next day, warm the mixture slightly and then filter it through a liner cloth. While the mixture is still warm, place it into a glass or in ceramic jars that have already been prepared. Apply this mixture to the ailing skin area, several times a day, along with Calendula ointment.
Fresh juice: Wash fresh Calendula leaves, stems, and flowers. When still wet, pour everything into a juicer, strain, and then drink.
Semi Bath: Place 100 grams of dried or fresh Calendula into a bucket along with 3–4 liters cold water, and then leave the mixture to steep overnight.
The next day, heat the mixture in a pot for a while, and then strain it in a warm bath water that has already been prepared. Get into the water and stay there to relax for 20 minutes.
The bath water should cover the kidney region.
Foot and Hand Bath: Place 100 grams of dried or fresh Calendula into a pan with 5 liters of water, and then leave to steep overnight.
The next day, heat the mixture in a pot for a while, and then submerge hands or feet in as much heat as can be tolerated. Soak hands or feet in the mixture for 20 minutes, without straining off the herb. Herbal water can be used twice more afterward.
Compress: Pour boiling water into a cup with 10 g. (one tablespoon) Calendula. Leave the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes. Make a compress with the mixture and then apply 2-3 times per day to the ailing skin area.
Calendula flowers turn their heads toward the sun following a path, this is why Calendula is sometimes called "summer bride." In the language of flowers, Calendula flowers symbolize the splendor of victory.
Historically, Calendula was also used in terms of culinary practices. The Romans used to mix Calendula with vinegar in order to season meats and salads.
Calendula petals are lightly aromatic with a somewhat bitter taste, and they are used to relish fish and meat soups, rice dishes, salads, and color yellow cheeses and butters. Back in the medieval era, people used the whole Calendula flower as a garnish on plates.
The extract of Calendula petals can be used as a hair conditioner to lighten and brighten hair. Calendula plant petals also make a nourishing skin cream.
Calendula flowers produce a charming smell, and if it planted in a vegetable garden, may help to control insects.
Calendula is a humble golden flower of the field. It is very beneficial and extremely valuable for the health of the body, and serves as an inexpensive alternative to expensive drugs of modern medical technology.
I wish for you to be always healthy.